Paul McCartney & Wings - Wings At The Speed Of Sound

2017 Reissue Single CD, Cardboard Package, US Pressing

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Wings At The Speed of Sound is the fifth studio album by British rock band Wings, originally released in March 1976 via Capitol Records.

Wings At The Speed of Sound was recorded and released in the midst of a large world tour as the follow-up album to the popular Venus and Mars album.

It is the band's only album where every member sings lead on at least one song.

After a series of concerts in Australia in November 1975, Wings took a break from the tour to spend the holidays with their families and in January 1976 booked time at Abbey Road Studios in London to record Wings At The Speed of Sound. It was the first time McCartney had recorded an album in England since Red Rose Speedway. Because of the tour commitments, Wings were not afforded the opportunity to record in another locale. By the end of February, the album was complete, and Wings went back on the road.

Around the time of the studio sessions for Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney was facing criticism for Wings simply being a vehicle for himself. He encouraged each of the band members to contribute a song during the sessions, though this would become one of the reasons for the criticism of the album. McCartney had previously attempted to create a democratic album in Red Rose Speedway, though it would be rejected by his record label.

Engineer Peter Henderson later commented, "I remember one of my first engineering jobs, working with Paul McCartney on Wings at the Speed of Sound — he'd do two vocal takes and ask, 'Which is the better one?' And when he played guitar, he'd really lean into it and give it everything he got." Two tracks ("The Note You Never Wrote" and "Warm and Beautiful") were arranged by Fiachra Trench.

Wings At The Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone's reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as "A Day with the McCartneys". The introduction, "Let 'Em In", is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy ("Silly Love Songs"), a lunch break ("Cook of the House"), and a chance to get to know McCartney's friends (Denny Laine in "The Note You Never Wrote", Jimmy McCulloch in "Wino Junko", etc.).

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney's most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking the Beatles' then-new compilation Rock 'n' Roll Music, which reached number 2). Wings at the Speed of Sound sold 3.5 million copies worldwide.

In Australia, the album peaked at #2 and went to #1 on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Much of the album's success can be attributed to its two smash singles. Silly Love Songs, a response to his critics and one of McCartney's biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976's biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with Let 'Em In, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney's first shows there in ten years (after The Beatles' last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered Time to Hide and The Note You Never Wrote in 1996 on his album Wings at the Sound of Denny Laine.

Wings members that Recorded At The Speed Of Sound were:

  • Paul McCartney - vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, keyboards, double bass
  • Linda McCartney - vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine - vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, piano, harmonica
  • Jimmy McCulloch - vocals, acoustic, electric and bass guitars
  • Joe English - vocals, drums, percussion

The album was produced by Paul McCartney.

This album is a 2017 reissue on CD housed in a cardboard sleeve with printed booklet, featuring the 2011 remastered audio, pressed in the US via Capitol Records.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

1

Let ‘Em In

5:10

2

The Note You Never Wrote

4:21

3

She’s My Baby

3:08

4

Beware My Love

6:28

5

Wino Junkie

5:21

6

Silly Love Songs

5:54

7

Cook Of The House

2:39

8

Time To Hide

4:32

9

Must Do Something About It

3:43

10

San Ferry Anne

2:07

11

Warm And Beautiful

3:13

SKU 602557567625
Record Label Capitol Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B0027059-02
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 25 March 1976
Barcode # 602557567625
Shipping Weight 0.0650kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.125m
Shipping Length 0.142m
Shipping Cubic 0.000178m3
Type New
Format Compact Disc, Cardboard Packaging, Reissue and Repackaging of 2014 Remastered Audio Reissue Paul McCartney Archive Collection, Single CD without Bonus Material
Format CD
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Classic Rock

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